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Does a gig a day keep the doctor away?

Regularly attending concerts can apparently increase your life span and boost wellbeing, according to a new study commissioned by British telecom company O2 and carried out by behavioral science expert Patrick Fagan.

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Well, make that a gig about every two weeks: The scientific study finds that “fortnightly gig attendance could extend life expectancy by nine years” as it measures an increase in “feelings of wellbeing” among those frequently gigging out when compared to doing yoga or walking a dog.

Fagan, the study's lead researcher and a faculty member at London's Goldsmiths University, reports that just 20 minutes of concert-attending time results in a substantial 21 percent increase in those feelings of wellbeing. (It's seemingly only 7 percent for dog-walking, 10 percent for yoga.)

“Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing,” says the scientist. “Combining all of our findings with O2's research, we arrive at a prescription of a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life.”

And it's all that concertgoing wellbeing that's being added up to theoretically increase the life of a regular show attendee, since “additional scholarly research directly links high levels of wellbeing with a lifespan increase of nine years, pointing to a direct link between gig-going and longevity.”

OK, see you at a gig!

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